Evolution of Social Norms with Heterogeneous Preferences: A General Model and an Application to the Academic Review Process

31 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2006

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Ofer H. Azar

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management

Abstract

The article presents a model of social norm evolution, which suggests how the increase in optimal and actual first response times (FRT) of economics journals can be related. When the optimal FRT and the norm about how much time refereeing should take increase, it seems that the existence of a norm increases the average refereeing time. The model suggests the surprising result that this is not necessarily true. I also discuss applications of the model in other contexts, differences in the optimal FRT between disciplines, the effects of the FRT on the tenure process, and strategic behavior of referees.

Keywords: social norms, evolution, turnaround times, refereeing, review process

JEL Classification: Z13, A10

Suggested Citation

Azar, Ofer H., Evolution of Social Norms with Heterogeneous Preferences: A General Model and an Application to the Academic Review Process. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=893426

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